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Subject: Only SBD version to date,
and it's mislabeled. Somebody do another one, please!
Subject: great polka licks?
Dude, you're an idiot - Great sounding "85 w/ some good energy by the fat man - 'nuff said
Subject: First show in '85!
This was the first show in '85 and the Dead's first performance since Jerry's arrest for drug possession in January.
The first set of this show is very well played and outshines the sometimes lumbering second set. They start off with Iko Iko which is really well played and jubilant. Nothing spectacular but good pacing and a lot of fun. This is followed by a nice interpretation of C.C. Rider that contains some great vocals from Bobby. A quick Dire Wolf is next followed by and average version of Ramble on Rose. There isn't much excitement in this version. Jerry's vocals are good but there isn't much enthusiasm and the instrumental parts are average at best. Cowboy Bob puts together a Me and My Uncle>Mexicali duo in which the first half is absolutely disastrous. He flubs the lyrics and seems kind of lost throughout. The Mexicali on the other hand is much more competent with some great polka licks. The rare China>Rider set-ender is a nice treat. The jam in the transition is brief but very well played and Jerry seems really into it. His leads in Rider are outstanding and he belts out the Headlight line with gusto. A nice cap to a well played, enthusiastic set.
The second set unfortunately is all over the place. The first half of the set is a winner with a scorching Samson followed by a beautiful version of He's Gone. Again, Jerry seems to be really into it and he screams out the Smile, Smile, Smile line. Instead of fading into a slow soulful jam, the outro is played is a quick tempoed bluesy, grimy jam that leads into Spoonful. Out of the ashes of this emerges a somewhat clunky version of Eyes. Jerry's vocals are pretty rough in this version and the band doesn't sound very tight or in sync. They do step it up a notch however with Goin' Down the Road. This is played with all out abandon and again Jerry is singing with all of his heart. This, along with his blistering leads, make this a great version and one of the highlights of the show. The post Space jam features a ghastly stinker of a China Doll. They seem off from the beginning and it doesn't get much better with brutal vocals and sloppy playing. They recover nicely with Brent's Baby What You Want Me To Do which has a ton of energy along with excellent playing and vocals. A fast paced Sugar Mags end things on a good note. 3.5 stars.
Subject: I still remember the 2nd set in living color!
I've been missing this first set. Although, since my tapes are in storage I haven't heard the 2nd set in a while, I used to listen to this fairly regularly, as I did with most of my tapes. So I can say without question this was terrific! Certainly the best of the three shows.
I especially dug the blues standards, like Brent doing Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You want Me to Do", which reminds me of the summer before, at Ventura where he did "I just want to make love to You". But the rest is excellent also!
Subject: the 85 sound
I really like the sound from this era. This show has lots of energy. Really diggin on the 'eyes' and the china-rider. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one
Subject: DAY-JOB LOL
John Bouffard -
Subject: First Show Of 85
Is not that bad. I have no problem listening to this show. I think Iko and especially CC Rider are worth a 2nd listen. The end of He's Gone is wild! Love Spoonful and Eyes is well played and is actually a highlight. I don't think its a 5 but I would put it middle of the road for the first show of what turns out to be one of the bands best years in my opinion. I am actually starting a 85 highlight project.I am grabbing Aiko-> CC Rider, He's Gone->Spoonful->Eyes Of The World->Going Don The Road from this show.
Subject: panning effects?
What's up with the panning effects on this tape. Hopefully that sounded good in the arena, cause it's giving me a seizure.
Not a great show, but worth a listen for pretty nice versions of Aiko/CC and China/Rider.
Subject: Can you say lame? Uninspired?
Nothing to enjoy in this rather lackluster show. The only highlight for me was Phil's bass during China Cat Sunflower. Poor voices, low energy, and mistakes abound. Still not as bad as 95.
David Bolewski -
Subject: It's all in the details
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East Coast -
Subject: Looks Like Rain
Yeah Looks Like Rain was so bad they left it off the sound board...
This show is horrendous. Bobby is having serious vocal problems. It sounds like he has lost his voice. Looks Like Rain is flat out painful to listen to. But good for a laugh. Jerry's playing is pretty standard throughout...not worth a download.
Subject: What a difference a bust makes!
Jerry is firing on all cylinders in his newly smack-free condition. The band is pumped and stumbles a few times, but one can really sense their joy at having the real Jerry back. The He's Gone coda could be addressed to Junkie Jerry. Pitch is a little fast.
Subject: Garcia & the Chipmunks
Plays a little fast. Will need speed correction.
Matthew Xavier -
Subject: Hi energy show after Jerry's Bust
WE hung out for several hours before this show checking out Jerry world and all its wares, enjoying the beautiful weather and Lake Merritt.
This was the first show after Jerry's bust in Golden Gate park so the crowd was excited to see Jerry in a red t-shirt rather than black and white stripes. Garcia Sang wtih emotion and defiance which the audience feed off from and gave back in spades.
Subject: Bobby the Badass
"Well I grabbed a bottle, cracked 'em in the jaw!" The revival of badass Bobby.